Royal Marines in piracy drill

Exercises held during IMCMEX international drills.

Royal Marines turn pirates as they try to ‘hijack’ HMS Bulwark

SAILORS and Royal Marines played out scenes reminiscent of Captain Phillips as they practised taking down pirates in the Indian Ocean.
Playing the part of modern-day buccaneers, commandos attempted to hijack Britain’s flagship HMS Bulwark – to see how the crew and Allied warships respond to the threat of a pirate attack.

American destroyers USS Sterett and Gridley drove off the marines – who turned Bulwark’s landing craft and sea boats into a mock ‘pirate action group’ for the sake of several days of counter-piracy training.

It came in the middle of the world’s largest mine warfare exercise, which has been run over the past fortnight in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf.

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